Newport holds Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage Dedication and Celebration on April 7th

Barefoot in the Park

Newport, Arkansas’ downtown development organization, DRIVE, is planning a day-long dedication of the new downtown outdoor entertainment stage located on Front Street on April 7th.  The stage will be dedicated to the memory of Terry Scoggins, a life-long support of Newport and the downtown area.  The day’s activities will be a celebration of things that Terry loved, primarily music and fun.  The event is free-admission, and activities will start with the stage dedication at 10:00 AM.

Bands that will play throughout the day include Kevin Smith with Grateful Impressions of Jerry Garcia, Revolution The Band with Southern Rock, John Paul Keith playing music from the roots of Rock and Roll, Seeing Red with the best of the 80’s through today, and Elmo and the Shades with classic Rhythm and Blues and Rock.  Music will start at 10:30 AM and run until 8:00 PM.

The event is Dog-Friendly and Kid-Friendly, just like Terry.  Fun events through the day will include bounce houses for the kids, bubble blowing fun and sidewalk chalk art.  At 3:15 PM, a dog parade will allow the furry friends who attend to strut their stuff.

Some Terry-centered events will also be featured.  Local “Friends of Terry” will share some of their memories about this special man and his impact on so many lives.  At 1:45 PM, people will be invited to participate in a Terry Scoggins Impersonation Contest with the best impersonator being chosen by the crowd.  Birkenstocks and Rayban parade will come at 4:45 PM so make sure to wear those Birks and sport the Bans in true Terry style.

Free hot dogs will be served by the Merchants and Planters Grill Team during lunch, and the night will end with a Fireworks show by Air Magic Fireworks.  Terry and Lee always hosted a great 4th of July Party, and though the event is on April 7th, hot dogs and fireworks will bring back memories of fun summer days on the White River.

For those who knew Terry, this will be a great day of celebration and fun.  For those who never met Terry, this will be a day of fun that will allow them to learn about one of Newport’s very own larger-than-life champions.


Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.